Hangin' out in Haleiwa

The busy little surf 'n' sea town on the North Shore will be humming with activity this weekend, as the 2002 JN Chevrolet Hale'iwa Sea Spree kicks into high gear. The annual three-day festival will feature live stage entertainment, the usual E.K. Fernandez carnival midway of rides and games, food booths, arts and crafts, military displays and demonstrations, plus games and contests for both the old and young.

Live entertainment kicks off Friday evening on the American Savings Bank main stage at 6 p.m. with Na Lei Nani O Waialua, followed at 7 with Pineapple Squeeze, Kanikapila Ohana at 8 and Max Recovery at 9 p.m.

The next day, the stage's entertainment will be interspersed with eating contests, highlighted by a pineapple contest (1:30 p.m.), Kua Aina hamburgers (3:30 p.m.) and scrumptious malasadas at 5 p.m. There'll be both keiki and adult contests, with prizes and trophies for the stuffed winners.

Afterward, the Hale'iwa Hula Studio Halau will perform, followed by Seng Au's Chinese Lion Dance, the Wild Orchids bluegrass band at 7:15, followed by the collective groove of the five-piece funk jazz band All Jammed Up and then popular local entertainers Simplicity at 9 p.m.

After a Na Uku Wala'au keiki 'ukulele performance at 1 p.m. Sunday, it's more kaukau contests with marshmallow chomping at 2, pancakes at 3:30 and the popular Ted's Bakery pie-eating competition at 4 p.m.

The entertainment starts up again at 5 p.m. with Shawn & Company, followed by Auntie Violet at 6, the Kua Aina Band featuring Henry Miner and friends, Blue Fuse at 8, and the band Crosspoint finishing up with a 9 p.m. performance.

Sunday afternoon festgoers will be able, with the purchase of a $15 wristband, to ride all the carnival rides as many times as they want from noon to 5 p.m. Keiki that day will also have their own contests, such as coconut soccer, sack o' rice and basket o' corn races, a pumpkin roll, and an egg hunt especially for the littler ones.

And some of our own staffers will be there Sunday for a meet-and-greet, so look out for people like editorial cartoonist Corky Trinidad, columnist Charles Memminger and sports writer Kalani Simpson, starting at noon.

Star-Bulletin staff

'Hale'iwa Sea Spree'

Where: Hale'iwa Beach Park
When: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Free

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